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Lowe's Companies, Inc. Invites You to Join Its First Quarter 2005 Earnings Conference Call Webcast

MOORESVILLE, N.C., May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In conjunction with Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) First Quarter 2005 earnings press release, you are invited to listen to its conference call that will be broadcast live over the internet on Monday, May 16, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time with: Robert A. Niblock, chairman, president and chief executive officer; Gregory M. Bridgeford, executive vice president - business development; and Robert F. Hull, Jr., executive vice president and chief financial officer of Lowe's Companies, Inc.

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     What:    First Quarter 2005 Earnings Conference Call Webcast

     When:    9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, May 16, 2005

     Where:   Visit Lowe's Investor Relations website at
              http://www.Lowes.com/investor
              Click on Lowe's First Quarter 2005 Earnings Conference Call
              Webcast

     How:     Listen live online by following the directions above or dial
              888-817-4020  (international callers dial 706-679-3245).

     Contact: Paul Taaffe (704) 758-2033

With fiscal year 2004 sales of $36.5 billion, Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE(R) 50 company that serves approximately 11 million customers a week at more than 1,100 home improvement stores in 48 states. Based in Mooresville, N.C., the 59-year old company is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

A webcast replay of the call will be available and can be accessed by visiting http://www.Lowes.com/investor and clicking on Lowe's First Quarter 2005 Earnings Conference Call Webcast. The webcast replay will begin at 12:00 noon on May 16, 2005 and will be available through August 14, 2005. A telephone replay of the conference call is scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon on May 16, 2005 and will be available until May 18, 2005 at 12:00 midnight. To hear the replay dial 800-642-1687 (international callers dial 706-645-9291), conference ID: 6072839.

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